Sunday, April 25, 2010

Boat Building Class Adventure

All my life I have wanted to build a boat but never really gave it much effort. My uncle and I started a boat building class yesterday in Austin, Texas. We each started our first real boat. We worked from 8 am to 6:30 pm with a 45 minute break for lunch. We got two boats to the stage with rib, gussets, sides and bottoms ready to glass the outside seam with tape. The finished boat in the pictures belongs to a student that had just finished the two Saturdays of class and is what ours should look like when finished. I am not in any of the pictures as I snuck these in just as we were breaking for lunch. The teacher was a nice knowledgeable slave driver and kept us two old guys working our you know what off all day. We hand sawed the bow and stern stems. We also hand planed the chines and drove every nail into the sides and bottom. I am very proud of what we got done and what the partially completed boats looked like when we left yesterday. I will keep you informed on how the class finishes next Saturday and provide a link and information to the boat building class. Hopefully I can show you a picture of my boat ready to put the final finish on and go fishing. Go do something you always wanted to do; you might be able to do it. Wild Ed

Anyone interested in going to Mike Bull's boatbuilding class in Austin can learn more about the class at the following link:

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Anonymous said...

That looks like an awesome project for sure. I think that will take some time but, look at the gratification you are going to get when your done.

Wild Ed said...

The teacher says we will leave with a finished boat ready to glass or varnish at the end of the second class. I will be amazed that I can do that, but would never thought we would get to the stage we did yesterday in one day. Just goes to show what can be done when a hard worker has somebody driving them all day. :)

Albert A Rasch said...

Wild Ed!

That's a beauty! It doesn't hurt that there is someone there that knows what they are doing too!

I can't wait to see it completed!'

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